Mandy Perez, a 6th-grade English and language arts teacher at Crittenden County Middle School, reacts in surprise as she is named the 2023 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at an in-person ceremony on Sept. 20 at the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda. She also was named the Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year.Photo by Jacob Perkins, Sept. 20, 2022 [...]
When Mandy Perez was little, she remembers asking her elementary school teachers at the end of every school year for their extra worksheets. “I would take those worksheets home and play school with my little sister during the summertime,” she said. “I never stop learning, and I love working with children. It’s my passion in life.”
Kentucky 2022 Middle School Teacher of the Year Hallie Booth helps students learn outside the classroom
Kentucky’s 2022 Middle School Teacher of the Year Hallie Booth wanted to be a teacher since she was little. She was inspired to pursue the calling by her father, a health and physical education teacher, and her mother, a computer technology teacher.
Remember sitting in your undergraduate education classes, being bombarded with hypothetical situations to play out in your mind? That was scary. There were lots of things that made us think, “Is that really going to happen?” We had no idea what we were in for.
Kentucky 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Peavley moved to West Louisville to better understand, support her students
In Jefferson County, Laura Peavley has played a prominent role in shaping the school’s Montessori program, hoping to impact future generations. A believer in reaching students where they are, she relocated to be closer to them and better understand their daily struggles.
Jessica Dueñas said her favorite teachers were the ones who understood where she was coming from, and she tries to be that kind of teacher.
Franklin County's Jennifer Meo-Sexton explains why it's worth the time to build a strong classroom community based on respect.
Belinda Furman of Grant County was named the 2018 Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Meo-Sexton was named the 2018 Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Ron Skillern, who has been teaching social studies for more than 30 years, tried to retire in 2014 but he just couldn’t stay away from the classroom.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline, a business unit of Ashland Inc.